Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), with its Americas division headquartered in Chicago, has achieved Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2) certification at its facility in Dallas. The standard establishes provisions for environmental, worker health and safety and security practices and is supported by major electronic original equipment manufacturers, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and the Information Technology Industry Council, among others.
"Sims Recycling Solutions will continue to implement and maintain the other top industry certifications and standards, such as e-Stewards, to ensure that our environmental, employee health and safety and security procedures are first-rate," says Steve Skurnac, president, SRS, Americas. "We have many individuals who work hard to maintain these high standards because of our commitment to protect our employees and customers, the residents of the communities where we do business and the environment."
SRS announced its decision to pursue e-Stewards certification in July 2012.
SRS offers comprehensive electronics recycling services out of its 51 owned and operated sites across the globe. In America, Sims Recycling Solutions operates 15 sites in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Ontario and Quebec.
Veolia Environmental Services has awarded a contract to the U.K.-based plastics recycling company Closed Loop Recycling. The contract could result in more than 100,000 metric tons per year of PET and HDPE being delivered to Closed Loop’s Dagenham, U.K., from Veolia’s nearby facility.
The decision follows Veolia’s strategic and long-term review of its supply chain and a £5 million investment in its sorting facility at Rainham, Essex, U.K. Veolia notes that the deal will strengthen its plastic recycling industry in the U.K, which has grown in value from almost zero to £150 million in the last six years.
Closed Loop Recycling’s plant, operational since December 2008, currently reprocesses more than 4 million bottles per day. The company also is looking to install new equipment and expand its operations over the next 12 months.
Closed Loop says it is the first company in the world to recycle both PET and HDPE plastic bottles into food grade material for new food and drink packaging.
Gavin Graveson, Veolia Environmental Services’ executive director, treatment, says, “Working in partnership with Closed Loop we have supported the domestic plastic recycling market, and the new contract will build on that success. Plastic collection, sorting and recycling is now firmly embedded in the U.K.’s waste strategy, as a direct result of the willingness of both companies to invest in the sector.”
Chris Dow, CEO of Closed Loop Recycling, adds, "We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Veolia since our plant’s inception and they are already our largest supplier of bottles. We are delighted that our two companies have been able to confirm this new agreement, which will help take Closed Loop Recycling to new heights.
“As one of Europe’s leading recycling companies, Veolia has been central to providing high quality recycled plastic feed stock to the industry. The five-year contract shows a new stage in the development of the plastic recycling industry, with more demand than ever for high quality, domestically processed recycled PET and recycled HDPE here in the U.K. for leading brands such as M&S and Britvic,” Graveson adds.
Veolia Environmental Services has officially opened a plastics recycling facility in Rainham, Essex, U.K. The facility is the first plastics recycling operation for the company. The facility has been built to support and encourage local communities in the United Kingdom to add mixed plastics to their collection programs.
In a release, Veolia says that the United Kingdom currently collects around 180,000 metric tons of plastic bottles per year, representing a 30 percent recovery rate.
The company invested around £5 million (US$8 million) to build the new facility, which has the capacity to handle up to 50,000 metric tons of plastic scrap per year. Veolia is calling the plant a ‘Parrot’ POLY-mer separation facility, and it is designed to separate up to nine different grades of plastics.
Gavin Graveson, Veolia Environmental’s executive director, says, “This state-of-the-art facility has the capability to adapt to different plastics in the future and will begin to help end confusion for homeowners as to what they can and cannot recycle. We can now achieve a market leading end product for reprocessing materials back into plastic products, closing the loop and feeding the circular economy.”
Canusa Hershman Recycling Co. (CHRC), based in Branford, Conn., has announced that John Carpenter has joined the company as assistant manager of plant operations and procurement at its secondary materials facility in St. Albans, Vt.
Carpenter joins the company from RockTenn, where he worked as fiber procurement manager for the company’s mills in Shawville, Vt., and Stroudsburg, Pa. Carpenter worked for Canusa Corp. as a broker from 1988 to 1996 before joining RockTenn.
“I am excited to be here,” says Carpenter. “I enjoyed my time here before joining RockTenn and am excited to be back in this position.”
Carpenter describes his new position as a “jack-of-all-trades.” He will work to source and secure tonnage, to broker material and to provide internal support for Canusa Hershman customers.
CHRC was formed in 2002 through the merger of the fiber group of Canusa Corp. and Hershman Recycling Inc. CHRC staff has more than 135 years of experience in materials processing and commodities trading. CHRC and its affiliates market more than 2.5 million tons of recyclables per year, including more than 15 million pounds per month of postindustrial plastic.
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